In the case of Meaningful Media, we pose the question "Can we apply media to liberate rather than subjugate the mind?" I am personally inspired by a book by the philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti which is also available online (chapter 1 at http://www.krishnamurti-and-education.org/edu_and_signif_ch1.htm). Addressing the issue of personal development / transformation lies at the heart of nearly every major problem that we face in the world today.
Although we come from different cultures and perspectives, and may have different beliefs and world-views, we share a common biology that is governed by the same principles in the material world. EEG, galvanic skin response, and heart rate variability are measurable and correlate to emotional experience. Consciousness studies strives to develop an understanding of the relationship between mind (influenced by media) and body (objectively measurements possible). Interactive media and video games coupled with biofeedback provide a feedback loop to personalize experiences and entrain. The Internet allows rapid dissemination of ideas and media (sites like http://www.ted.com inspire millions). In the early days of computer technology, we programmed computers to improve efficiency. In today's world of multimedia, they program us. How many have become emotionally dependent upon the Internet or the mobile phone?
Although I have not yet met Stephen Schafer or John Stewart in person, we share many common interests and a common goal of actively working toward more peaceful and sustainable ways of being. We believe that media technologies provide a valuable tool towards achieving this goal.
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